Hartwick College Names New Dean of Academic Affairs

Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich announced today that Dr. Kellie H. Bean has been named Dean of Academic Affairs. The appointment is effective October 5, 2015.

Bean joins Hartwick from Lyndon State College in Vermont, where she served as Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs. She previously served for three years as Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts (CoLA) at Marshall University in West Virginia.

As Provost at Lyndon State (LSC), Bean sparked a major curricular review with an eye to increasing retention, brought in LSC’s first cohort of international students, increased adult education offerings, and grew opportunities for experiential learning.

“Kellie Bean’s faculty, scholarly, and administrative track record demonstrates that she understands, embraces, and actualizes the liberal arts – and the Liberal Arts in Practice – through her work on campus and in the local community,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) Michael G. Tannenbaum. “She also clearly evinces a strong commitment to students, social justice, and thoroughly exploring the multiple perspectives connected to any issue. I look forward to working with Kellie to enhance the academic experience at Hartwick.”

Bean served on Marshall’s English faculty from 1994 to 2013. Among her leadership roles there, she served on Faculty Senate; oversaw English faculty hiring, implemented CoLA’s transition to a new University-wide core curriculum; revised advising instruments and strategies to improve the quality of academic advising; designed an interdisciplinary B.A. degree program; chaired CoLA’s Research Committee; and organized the University’s Undergraduate Research and Creativity Conference.

“As we all know, the world of higher education is changing, and schools face significant challenges. It’s clear that Hartwick College is positioned not only to meet the challenges ahead, but also to thrive, so I am honored to be named its Dean of Academic Affairs,” said Bean. “I look forward to joining the campus community and fostering the institution’s historic commitments to the applied liberal arts, community service, and student success.”

The Dean of Academic Affairs is Hartwick College’s second-ranking academic administrator, providing counsel to the Provost/VPAA and representing the Provost in her/his absence. The Dean’s duties also include a variety of budgetary, faculty affairs, and curricular responsibilities, as well as oversight of several direct reports. Bean fills the position vacated by Dr. Kim Noling, who retired from the College on August 1, 2015 after nearly 25 years of service as an English faculty member and, since January 2013, as Dean of Academic Affairs.

Bean holds a B.A. and M.A. (both in English) from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Delaware.

Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact:     David Lubell
E-mail:       lubelld@hartwick.edu
Phone:        607-431-4031

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